LAS VEGAS - With some associations and their trade shows, it sometimes seems members are as into golf, tennis or shopping as learning about their industries. Their agendas include almost as many tourist-oriented activities as business seminars.
Since many members also use annual conventions as family vacations, it may make sense, but judging from the agenda for the March 7-11 National Air Duct Cleaners Association convention, its members are almost all work.
Apart from a March 11 golf outing, NADCA's convention is full of training, tests, discussions and educational seminars.
That doesn't mean members won't have time for fun: The site of this year's convention is the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, a city known for 24-hour action. As long as they don't mind skimping on sleep, convention attendees should find plenty to do. Besides the ubiquitous casinos, there are shows, restaurants and plenty of other nongambling activities.
During the five-day convention, members will also have the chance to take exams to become a certified air-systems-cleaning specialist, ventilation systems mold remediator or commercial HVAC system inspector.
New this year is an all-day international forum March 8. Members will hear about duct-cleaning issues worldwide and meet with industry members from other countries.
Here is an overview of the rest of the conventions' activities.
On March 9, the day will start with the group's annual business meeting and awards presentation at 8 a.m., followed by a noon luncheon in the exhibit hall. An hour-long round-table discussion will take place at 2:30 p.m.
SeminarsAt 3:30 p.m., three concurrent seminars will be held. Richard Johns of St. Peters, Mo.-based Midwest Environmental Solutions Inc. will talk about "How to Make a Small Company ‘Big.' "
Robert J. Baker of BBJ Environmental Solutions will talk about the relationship between the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers' widely known standards and NADCA's HVAC system cleaning and restoration guide.
And Greg Santo of OSEA will present "Developing a Safety Plan to Protect Your Business."
At 4:30 p.m., these sessions will be held:
"Differentiating Your Company with Comprehensive IAQ Services," presented by David Gordon of Indoor Air Professionals Inc. in Buffalo, N.Y.
Paul Watson of ATC Associates Inc. will explain "The Who, What and Why of Working With an Industrial Hygienist."
And Dan Powers of HRH Insurance will ask "Do You Know Your General Liability Policy? Questions to Ask to Make Sure You're Covered."
From 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a reception will be held in the exhibit hall, which will be followed by NADCA's annual banquet.
March 10's events will start with a two-hour discussion on the future of duct cleaning and restoration at 9 a.m. It will focus on the new edition of NADCA's standard and its explanation of when and how mold remediation must be performed. Information on water damage and a question-and-answer session will also be included.
At 11 a.m., these one-hour sessions are scheduled:
"Up-selling vs. Bait and Switch: Knowing the Difference" will be presented by Mary Dziak of Air Care Inc. in Bartonville, Ill.
"What's Wrong With HVAC: Diagnosing Equipment's Role in Forming Biologicals," hosted by Fred Kahn of Dallas-based Guardian Services.
John Rotche of Ann Arbor, Mich.'s Ductz will talk about "Staff for Life: Acknowledgement in Nontraditional Ways."
After lunch in the exhibit hall, these seminars will be held at 2 p.m.:
"Leveraging the Complete Job Life Cycle to Generate More Business" by Ron Pinkas, Pacific Turn-Key Systems.
"HVAC Decontamination After Water Damage," hosted by Steve Willis of Munters Moisture Control Systems.
Advanced Air Filtration's Tom Harrington will talk about "Integrating HVAC System Hygiene, Indoor Air Quality and Energy Conservation."
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., these sessions are scheduled:
"Risky Buildings... Risky People... Risky Business" will be the subject of Building Health Sciences' Hung Cheung's discussion.
Patrick O'Donell of the Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Enviro Team Group Inc. will explain "How to Conduct a Risk Communication Meeting as Part of the HVAC Remediation Project."
Timo Jalonen and Kimmo Haapalainen of Lifa Air Ltd. will give "A Cleaning Concept for HVAC Systems."
At 4 p.m., Carlos Romero of Action Duct Cleaning Co. Inc. in Los Angeles will tell "Things to Know About Maintaining a Healthy Environment."
At the same time will be Peter Haugen's presentation, "Not All HEPA Filters Are Created Equal." Haugen, of Vac Systems International, will explain the differences in high-efficiency particulate air filters.
The final seminar of the convention will be presented by Loran Hubbard of Lindhart Technical Services and Tommy Gwaltney of Air Quality Systems Inc. It's called "Indoor Air Quality: Benefiting From the Complete Picture."
(For more information on NADCA's 16 annual convention, write to 1518 K St. N.W., Suite 503, Washington, DC 20005; call (202) 373-2926; fax (202) 347-8847; see www.nadca.com on the Internet.)